A Personal Story: I Try to Do It Myself – Eve, Sharon

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Eve had partial dental coverage through her job two years ago. She went to the dentist because of pain in her mouth, and although the problem has only been partially resolved, she has since lost her job and can’t afford to go back. She lives in Sharon, Vermont. Here is her story:

“The last time I went to the dentist was two years ago, and he took care of a cavity, but he said that if it still hurts after a while it’s possible that it’s really just a root canal situation. But I never went back because I had such trouble paying off what I owed him. It took me two years to pay off the $350 because I had so many other bills. I don’t go to have my teeth cleaned anymore because I just try to do that myself, as much as I can. I eat a pretty whole foods diet so I think that my teeth are pretty stabilized, but I worry about them.”

Eve would like to use a dental loan or payment plan, but because she has bad credit she does not qualify. She feels really stuck because to get any work done she has to save up the money ahead of time. “I’m trying my best to get the big financial picture in order so I can be good about (taking care of my oral health.)…It amazes me how expensive it is.”

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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